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Bewick's Works 

 

(3 Volume Set - Emerson Charnley, 1822)

Volume 3 Signed and Dated by Thomas Bewick

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Summary:

A larger format, three volume set of Thomas Bewick's works on birds and quadrupeds with his signature on the Title Page of the quadrupeds volume (dated 1824, without his customary thumb print as photographed).

Comprises Land Birds and Water Birds (1821 editions with supplements) and Quadrupeds (1820 Seventh Edition). All three volumes were originally printed by Edward Walker and rebound with an additional title page for Emerson Charnley by S. Hodgson in 1822.

Previous owners of these books include Sir George Seymour (1797 - 1880, British Ambassador to Vienna) and Baronet James Stevenson (1873 - 1926, Chairman of British Empire Exhibition committee and creator of the advertising slogan 'Born in 1820 - still going strong' when Managing Director of Johnny Walker distilleries).

Condition:

Volume 1 has been repaired to reattach the front and rear boards. All three are half bound in green calf and marbled paper boards with five raised bands and gilt tooling on the spine. Internally in Good condition but Volume 2's front board and Volume 3's rear board are detached. All three volumes are larger format 8vo (9.5 x 6 inches; 240 x 150mm).

Book Condition: Volume 1, Land Birds - Good: 330 pages (including 40 page introduction / glossary) plus 47 page supplement. Moderate to significant board wear and bumping, gilt spine lettering still bright, securely rebound but hinges cracked, owners' bookplates on front paste-down and endpapers - Sir George Seymour's bookplate annotated 'For Augusta when I depart' (Augusta was Sir George's third child), book dealer's pencilled notations on reverse of front free end-paper, internally clean with occasional foxing and faint browning opposite engravings, soiling to pastedown corners has also affected adjoining endpapers.

Book Condition: Volume 2, Water Birds - Good: 360 pages (including 22 page introduction) plus 44 page supplement. Moderate to significant board wear and bumping, gilt spine lettering still bright, text block securely bound but front board detached and rear joint cracked, owners' bookplates on front paste-down and endpapers, internally clean with occasional foxing and soiling and light browning opposite the engravings, soiling to pastedown corners consistent with other two volumes.

Book Condition: Volume 3, Quadrupeds - Good: 528 pages plus 10 page introduction. Significant board wear and bumping, gilt spine lettering still bright, text block securely bound but rear board detached and front joint cracked, owners' bookplates on front paste-down and endpapers, internally clean with occasional light to moderate foxing and faint browning opposite the engravings, soiling to pastedown corners consistent with other two volumes.

Note: Whilst all pages are present there are page numbering anomalies in Volumes 1 and 2. In Volume 1 the introduction ends at page 'xl' but page numbering in arabic numerals starts on the next page at '44'. Similarly, in Volume 2 the introduction ends at page 'xxii' and but restarts in arabic numerals on the next page '19'.

Total weight with packaging 3.7Kg.

 

Volume 1 - Land Birds:

 

Volume 2 - Water Birds:

 

Volume 3 - Quadrupeds: